Thoughtfully grown plants in pots and in the ground, skillfully constructed ponds, beautiful fences, rocks, fire-pits, bird-baths, topiaries and sculptures – we know you’d love these embellishments to your dream house, just like we do! Daydreaming of beautifying your new garden? Or perhaps your garden has just been lying there abandoned for years; not being utilized to its full aesthetic and practical potential? Rediscover your love for gardening and landscaping by taking advantage of these carefully crafted ideas to ease your home improvement journey:
Garden and landscaping Ideas – Front Garden with Grass:
When people visit your home or drive by your place, your front garden makes the first impression of your entire residence. Most of us don’t prefer to leave it dull and brown. The trick is to achieve dense and healthy-looking grass. You may invest in or rent an aerator machine to increase the nutrient flow and make the grass literally fuller; or fill in the sparse spots to get rid of patches on the ground by getting reseeding done.
Garden and landscaping Ideas – FRONT GARDEN with NO GRASS:
Some people chuck the grass design altogether for a number of reasons like allergies, desire for a fuss-free and low-maintenance garden, or wanting to conserve water. If you’re inclined towards this idea then we’ll make sure your garden isn’t grass-covered, ‘cos we’ve got you covered. 😉
Here, basically, you’ll need to focus on the Hard-scape. Your patio and walkway, if done right, will steal the show. At first, you may get tempted to save more and use concrete for this purpose, but do not forget how concrete ages, cracks and disappoints in the long run. We urge you to either go for good quality marble, paving stone, or granite in the beginning itself, or save up for it. Or, read keep reading to find out other options that won’t break the bank and also won’t be a source of regret like concrete in the future. Another element you can add is that of water. Like a pretty pond, a fountain, a bird-bath or if you have enough space, then a swimming pool! There’s also the option to include a playground, a fire pit, and last but not the least, artificial grass. If Chandler Bing heard this, he’d go, “could maintaining artificial grass *be* anymore effortless?” 😀
FRONT OR BACKYARD GARDEN HEDGING:
The closely spaced shrubs as hedges do more than adding beauty to your garden. They act as a barrier and demarcate one area or field from another. You have a wide variety of hedging plants to choose from, like Thuja Emerald, Leylandii, Laurel, Red Robin, Firethorn, Common Beech, Hornbeam, talked about in more detail with their properties here.
There are a few ways by which you can decrease your gardening chores, save time and energy, and get great results.
- More than feeding your plants focus on feeding your soil with compost. Improve the quality of dirt.
- Suppress weed & conserve soil moisture by using a deep layer of mulch.
- Choose less demanding plants. By selecting plants that thrive in the natural water distribution pattern of your region, you can avoid toiling & watering during dry periods.
- Instead of grassy walkways, go for gravel paths so you don’t have to maintain the grass. We’ll discuss gravel further.
- Increase your outdoor living space. That’ll mean less grassy area & more area for you to enjoy or host get-togethers.
- Pick fuss-free plants like lavender, hens-and-chicks, or other perennials; or like we mentioned before, artificial grass!
Garden and landscaping Ideas – GARDEN EDGING & BORDERS:
This gives a finishing touch to your garden and makes your garden look organized and neat. Depending on your personal preference and budget, you can choose from a variety of materials to edge your garden, like paver stones made from concrete, natural rock, metal, woven willow, brick, flagstone, cedar, landscape timber, bamboo, coco fibre or even plastic.
Garden and landscaping Ideas – CLEVER LANDSCAPING
PEBBLES AND GRAVEL
Chuck the lawn if you don’t wish to spend your time repeatedly watering, consistently caring, and maintaining the lawn to keep it fresh. Instead, opt for this intelligent and beautiful alternative of pebble and gravel landscaping.
Garden and landscaping Ideas – GARDEN SHADES & PERGOLAS
These are a must for your garden so you could chill outside and actually enjoy the fruits of your labour. These aren’t meant to completely block the sun but just enough to screen you from direct and uncomfortable sunlight. There’s so much variation possible here as well. You could go for a contemporary design pergola, or a DIY one; you could use curtains in here or even pretty lights, an outdoor fan or hanging planters. You can even design a playful, kid-friendly pergola or one that is beside your swimming pool.
GARDEN LANDSCAPING WITH POTTED PLANTS
Potted plants add colour and variety and are fun to decorate your garden with. You can practically use anything from well-planned, uniform and matching pots to random, mismatched pots of different sizes and shapes, or even steel or plastic tubs. Just make sure there’s a hole at the bottom of your pot so your plants don’t drown. You can spread them out evenly and individually or group a few of them together, or even keep changing their positions every few months or years to give your garden a new look at zero cost
ATTRACTIVE GARDEN WALKWAYS
Your walkway doesn’t have to be boring. If your concrete walkway has aged and withered, refresh it by staining. You can even line your concrete with bricks or lava stone to add colour to the path, or use paver stones in designing your walkway. You may use huge stones to make a stair-line walkway for a more natural look; or make a lovely lattice pattern with cobblestones, filled with gravels. Check out the tutorial for the same and some stunning pictures to inspire you.
TREE STUMP LANDSCAPING:
Recycle that tree stump to transform your garden! If you have kids, you can turn it into a fairy-garden, or a table top to play board games. If not, then turning it into a table for grown-ups is a great idea too. A cute gnome home can be made; a chair or a throne too, ‘cos…why not? A heavy bowl or basin can be placed on the tree stump and voila! You have a pretty bird-bath ready.
GARDEN SOLAR LIGHTS:
What’s not to love about these? Their long lifespan, their independence from electricity or their good impact on the environment? Just make sure you get them installed where there’s direct sunlight. You may choose to bright up your entire garden or just the walkway using these.
BUDGET GARDEN LANDSCAPING IDEAS AND RESOURCES:
Since we’ve already talked about a few pocket-friendly ideas in the earlier sections above, we’ll only let you know the ones we didn’t discuss, for the purpose of avoiding repetition and boring you to tears. 😛
- Buy second-hand or used patio furniture.
- Although mulch is great for your soil, it is quite expensive. Go for alternatives like using grass-clipping, shredded leaves, compost, pine needles or even layers or old newspapers.
- Use old tires as planters. Paint and decorate them, fill them with soil and hang it! Simple.
- Use your garden’s vertical space. Not only will this save space, but also, it’ll save you money, especially if you’re using recycled materials to make it.
- Use cheap outdoor string lights.
- Have some left-over paint from a previous project? Use it to paint your plants and old plastic chairs to make them pop and give a fresh look.
Wait no more to organize and enrich your outdoor space with the gardening and landscaping ideas we’ve curated just for you! Whether you’re looking for lavish landscaping or on a budget, there’s plenty to suit your personal needs and preferences. Do share this with your friends to make their home-improvement experience easier too. Buy second-hand or used patio furniture. Although mulch is great for your soil, it is quite expensive. Go for alternatives like using grass-clipping, shredded leaves, compost, pine needles or even layers or old newspapers. Use old tires as planters. Paint and decorate them, fill them with soil and hang it! Simple. Use your garden’s vertical space. Not only will this save space, but also it’ll save you money, especially if you’re using recycled materials to make it. Use cheap outdoor string lights. Have some left-over paint from a previous project? Use it to paint your plants and old plastic chairs to make them pop and give a fresh look.